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Thanks to Matt Cianfarani and the technical team at VATSIM, the Toronto FIR hosted a test of the new VATSIM Voice Codec on November 15th. I recorded my entire experience. It took a little while to put together the videos and get permission to publish them. But I did, and here they are. Enjoy!  ;D

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Part 3:

The new codec sounds fantastic!!

Rob  8)
This video should be mandatory viewing for all Toronto controllers, especially with winter approaching.

Toronto controllers:
1) Note how the queue for deicing is set up. If there is no lineup, across 33R at T is fine, but once you are getting a lineup (busy event), line up the aircraft for deicing on E. In this case, see how the line is crossing at R. As the line gets longer, be ready to move the crossing point down to N. The idea is to get the deice queue away from the terminals so it doesn't obstruct access into the terminals.
2) Note that the entire deicing pad becomes a non-movement area during deicing ops. This includes portions of E, T, and V taxiways. All of these are transferred to Pad Control during an intense deicing operation such as this. Hence the need to "Hold short of Ice 1 and call Deice on 130.17". Ice 1 is a special sign on Echo taxiway just prior to the first deice pad.

3) Be grateful we only deal with flights taxiing, and not airplanes under tow (there is lots of that happening) as well as maintenance and snow removal vehicles. ;)

Gander Oceanic (CZQO) / Gander Oceanic - November Endorsements
« Last post by Joshua Micallef on December 11, 2018, 10:36:53 PM »
Gander Oceanic Endorsements: 01 – 30 November 2018

During this month, there have been 2 Gander over the shoulder exams conducted by students. Please congratulate the following on receiving their endorsements through the month of November!

1. Oscar Chui
Oscar, an Instructor for the VATSIM South East Asia Division (VATSEA) gained his Gander Endorsement on the 11th of November after an astounding display Assessment Items. Even going the extra mile to assist a brand new pilot during his own OTS. Oscar joined VATSIM in June 2016, gaining over 6200 hours on VATSIM as a Pilot/Controller thus far.

2. Kirollos Nashaat
Kirollos, a Controller based in VATSIM Middle East (VATME) gained his Gander Endorsement on the 17th of November after a terrific display of complex phraseology usage. Kirollos joined VATSIM in August 2015, racking up over 1800 hours as a Pilot/Controller to date.

Congratulations Guys! Enjoy your New Endorsement!

If you are interested in gaining your endorsement with Gander Oceanic, feel free to drop your application to - we look forward to seeing your application![/i]

I do apologize for the delay in making this post. I was on Leave for a Family Holiday and only arrived home a few days ago.
Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: CZYZ Events Coordinator
« Last post by Rob Nabieszko on December 08, 2018, 06:00:43 PM »
Congrats and Good Luck Lenny!

Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: CZYZ has a new Deputy FIR Chief
« Last post by Philip Dowling on December 07, 2018, 09:31:03 PM »
Kristian...congratulations! was a pleasure and I look forwards to some more controlling nights!
Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: CZYZ has a new Deputy FIR Chief
« Last post by Jeff McMillan on December 07, 2018, 04:08:47 PM »
Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: CZYZ has a new Deputy FIR Chief
« Last post by Kristian McColm on December 07, 2018, 02:36:10 PM »
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome, and thanks to Chris for his work as Deputy FIR Chief to date.

Looking forward to working with you all and continuing to build upon our wonderful VATSIM communities in CZYZ and VATCAN.
Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: CZYZ has a new Deputy FIR Chief
« Last post by Owen Kane on December 07, 2018, 10:19:48 AM »
Congratulations Kristian, looking forward to working with you!
Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: CZYZ has a new Deputy FIR Chief
« Last post by Travis Chan on December 06, 2018, 10:40:23 PM »
Kristian, congrats on the appointment, you’re going to make a great Deputy Chief.

Chris, thanks for all that you have done for the FIR. The policies and successful events you’ve run are a tribute to your dedication to growing the Toronto FIR.
Toronto (CZYZ) / CZYZ has a new Deputy FIR Chief
« Last post by Dean Roy on December 06, 2018, 08:10:26 PM »
I'm happy to announce that effective immediately Kristian McColm is the new deputy chief for CZYZ. Kristian brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the position and we are happy to have him on staff and helping out.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing deputy Chris Turcot. Chris has done a lot of great things in his time with CZYZ and I hope he will continue to be involved in the future.
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